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>> thank you, we will be taking roll-call. >> commissioner, you have a quorum. we have with us the director of the office of complaints and the police chief. welcome to the wednesday, june 22nd, 2011 police commission meeting. the first line item will be general public comment and we will hear a quick briefing about what the comments should be about.
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>> i will look here. >> use the general public comment. the public is welcome to address the commission on items that cannot -- that are not on the agenda. speakers shall address the remarks to the speaker as uphol a whole. now the police or occ were commissioners are required to respond to questions from the public. the commissioners and police should refrain from entering any debates or speakers during public comments. >> thank you very much, lieutenant. >> good evening, commissioners who shall remain nameless.
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>> i live in south of market. i am here to address two if near and dear to my heart. -- two issues near and dear to my heart. i have lived in oakland, which is where i am from. this really needs to be able to have a police officer that you can contact to tell us about things which are running the miss or amok in your area. i really appreciate the efforts because they are not here on your panel and i want to do shutouts -- out out some two commander lazar.
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lt. sullivan was helpful in keeping things down to a dull roar. i miss them because that was community involved policing. they were people that i could call and say, hey, x, y, z is going on. the other thing i want to bring to your attention is my concern about the gay parade impact on south of market. i live in the folsom -- apartments. we are having an influx of people who are thinking that they can come into the building and anyone can get in there manning the lobby in the daytime hours and be there and be
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prepared to come up and pickpocket, sell drugs, push prostitutes. i really want my officers to be safe because these people are on their phones. because they are speaking in code, i cannot call this of the station and say for sure that x, y, z is coming. this is between ninth and 10th. pay attention to market street and i will find you on saturday and sunday. i want my cops safe. yesterday, we had another murder. -- >> yesterday, we had another
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murder. we had the people that disappeared from our area. we have a new place that i just discovered is a house of prostitution and we will be working with the undercover is on it. our neighborhood is escalating quickly. we have a twofold problem. why is it escalating? we have possibly another sro coming into our neighborhood. we also have america's cup which will be a prime candidate for what this lady was just talking about. this is happening now on the streets and we have had more shoplifting and the last month than we have had in years. we need to really see if we can sit down and work on this.
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that is my basic deal. welcome, greg. we have done some very good things. i will tell you if i don't like them. i think we had better look at this and look at this fast because this was a brutal murder. our mayor took our cameras city could be elected mayor again. we don't have red light cameras on lombard street. i have not even counted that many accidents in the past three years. we have to look at this, this is the entrance into the city and you have a major problem. we are willing to work with you as long as we are included in the process. you never asked to be a part of
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any of it. that is all i have to say. >> next speaker. >> could afternoon, commissioners. i am here to bring to your attention the information that came to light at a hearing before the civil service commission this past monday regarding background investigation of the non uniform potential personnel for the police department. i will suggest had to make recommendations as to the action that this commission to take in regard to this matter. in july of last year, my wife was notified on the holdover
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list for the 1446 secretary two position. she was told that she would have to undergo a background investigation. that was conducted on behalf of the police department by a mr. joe -- had been contacted to provide these background investigations using the evaluation form for dispatchers and information that was brought up at that hearing and brought to the attention of the civil service commission which showed inappropriate behavior by the investigator and the members of the commission
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were absolutely flabbergasted. your department was represented at that hearing by the human resources director and by the investigators insurgent. both of them were completely unprepared for the hearing and they work on investment to the department and this commission. my recommendation, i have the appropriate page from the agenda. i recommended that the commissioners listened to the testimony that was given at that particular hearing. i also recommend that you ask your human-resources department to provide a report to you on the procedures that are employed. according to the commissioners, the civil service commissioners, you might not have authorization to have
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contract it out investigative services to us -- to a private firm. they were completely unaware that they were used by the police department, although according to the director, this has been a longstanding practice. my recommendation is that you need to seriously look into this issue. and have your staff provide a report to you. >> thank you very much, sir. next speaker. >> good evening. i will speak basically on one matter. a woman brought up here recently about 10 minutes ago about a recent murder down in the marina
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district. i happened to be down at the district when the murder took place. i did not see it. i will say it, i have lived in this city on enough to see that if you look at a murder such as this that took place in the marina and the way in which the crime scene was blocked off, at no time did i see one policemen looking to interview anyone. i have taken nine courses on the administrative justice code, one of them is a police report writing, one of them is investigation, the other one is a criminal investigation. part of solving any murder is taking down notes from as many witnesses as possible. . i have offered my services to two police officers. i ended up talking to one of the investigators later and had to
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-- and had the pleasure of meeting the man and discuss the city and county been -- city and county of san francisco. i made a statement last year that one of our foremost economists started his career as a police reporter. if you have unbelievable services that san francisco state and city college. reporters know how to interview people and they're not used. if you look at that as a resource, you will find this is probably the cheapest that you will have in the division. i bring that up because i have a
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journalistic background myself. i know that you can in a few people in a timely manner and you can do it cheaply. -- was in my taxi. he was picking up prostitutes that night. he said that they were disappearing off the streets. they told me there is no serial killer in the city. they basically sticking with one murder. most likely, murder 5. i leave you with that. >> thank you very much. >> good evening, commissioners.
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this should be my last time here. when i found out that martin had a criminal record, he told me that policemen were behind the harassment i was undergoing. the first up was to call the fbi and demanded why they were doing this. a couple of days later, this was left for me in my home. the fbi could have left that note and they could have called the san francisco police department and told them to clean up their own mess. i was hoping to get to that finding but they were not forthcoming. this tells me two things, number one, that i am right on target and it illustrates graphically what i was telling you about two
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weeks ago about the liability. the department that i live in, i used to smoke cigarettes. i did not like smoked in my department. i would lean out the bathroom window. this was a straight shaft. this was left for me outside the window to the left. plausible deniability. if i did not tell you that i smoked cigarettes and that was left in that area, you would say, why would you do that. how would you know it? even if i told you that i smoked, how would you know that they smoked? >> they were in my apartment
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many times. most important, they wrote somewhere close and i scribbled a bunch of notes in the margins. as you can see, there is cocking from a piping that goes into the wall. one last stand for the plausible deniability was the claim that that was left by the construction workers by telling the pipe layer where to lay the pipe. i know that sounds bizarre but that is the mindset of the people i have been running up against. i am not trying to frame anyone for something they did not do. i asked the apartment manager if he let that note there and if he was planning on having any kind of construction work and he said, no. that was not there prior to the time that i called the fbi and i
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have been smoking and of that window for 8 years and no work was done for the 13 months that i live in that department -- in that apartment. that gives you a general idea of the mindset of the people i have been going up against. they are cops, no question about it. that should do it. thank you for your time. >> good evening. >> i would love to welcome the new commissioner. i have done extensive research on you. you have an impressive resume. i called two weeks before you got selected. now, let's move forward. i would like to press a couple of issues. the police department was slandered last saturday by a
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columnist in reference to six street. that article was so tainted that his main source was a recovering heroin addict. the man was arrested two weeks before he was interviewed. san francisco police is on sixth street. they're doing a great job. the next quick topic, the next things coming down the pipe that you will hear about, this thing at the airport, about two weeks ago with an african-american male football player who came to the area to attend a funeral and he got asked to leave of an airplane. last night, they played the audio tape. i listened to it in tears. i listened to the captain of the plane. that man was a gentleman. sir, sir. this is coming down the pipe.
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have a nice one. >> thank you. >> are there any further public comments? i would like to take this opportunity before we move to the next line item. you would like to move line item number3, the prevention training above the report and the commission report. we do have some visitors. before we do that, i would like to congratulate and welcome our newest commissioner. the commissioner is joining us from the human rights commission. he is an attorney here in san francisco and he is a partner in the law firm of morgan analyst.
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he brings a wealth of knowledge to this commission. we are excited about having you here and we ask the commissioners to tell us a little bit about yourself. >> thank you for the opportunity. i am an attorney here in san francisco. the one thing that i can say is that i am a proud san franciscan. i care a great deal about this city which lead me to the human rights commission which ultimately led me to this commission. i have a great deal of respect from the police department and a great deal of respect for the citizens of san francisco. i am proud to be sitting on a board with individuals who of done such great work with the police department and for the people of the city and county of san francisco. i do bring a background of
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investigative information and a training background and a very interactive spirit to any position that i take on. i look forward to working with not just the members of this commission and the police department but to everyone who has an open idea about how we can improve his relationship between the city and county of san francisco's people and its police department said that we can all say that we have confidence that we are serving the objectives to protect and to surf. glad to be with you. thank you. >> thank you. any other questions? >> i just want to welcome you. i know you personally and i'm glad that you're here and look forward to working with you. >> i want to welcome you to the commission. we had a couple great conversations before you joined the commission. i'm excited to have you on
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board. >> i would also like to welcome you, commissioner. i think we just spoke briefly of the joint session. i look forward to getting to know you better, working on this commission. >> great. >> i'll say something -- >> i understand you're very good at moving cases along. i want to line up 15 cases for you. great to have you here. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. now we can call the next line item, which will be line item number 3 we're taking out of cord. i see captain goldberg on his way to the podium. >> department crisis intervention team working group update. >> good evening, captain goldberg. how are you, sir? >> commissioner, fine. jump over to the police department administration bureau. commission e. chief, director. just part of the commission resolution was we give a bimonthly update on our progress towards implementing the models so that's what i'm here to do. we have slipped a little bit in the very aggressive time line
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that was proposed initially. some of that there's a reason why that occurred. some of that is a result of the transmission between getting people in play but i will assure you commissioner chan will not let it slip too far. it tells you we're a little bit behind. i dwupet to talk about the progress but i think that speaks more to what's going on. chief was aappointed april 27. a week later commissioner chan, chief schmidt and a group of stakeholders met with chief sir. as a result of his action and direction, bulletin number 11-11 13 was issued. i believe the commission has already seen that bulletin. what that bulletin was, was simply an interim measure until we got the program up and running. chief was concerned there was nothing in place. there wasn't enough in place so he acted immediately as part of
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that meeting within his first week of the administration to get that bulletin out. so that is out and being implemented at this time. so we have started -- or scheduled ones with 15 members interested. that took place in memphis. members of the working group found that very interesting and very productive. so we started to schedule those and moving those to the process. so that's been done. sergeant laura knight, sergeant jennifer jackson to the academy has been assigned to work through the committee to get that through and post as quickly as possible. also from the academy, officer phil helmer is working on the pt st aspect of it, how to deal with that aspect. we're moving along there. mistakenia lange, our grant manager, is working closely with the subcommittee, trying to reach out and find grants. that's productive as far as research goes.
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we have not submitted any yet. part of the process is find out what other city departments are doing. generally grants are only given to one -- one city, one county, so if the health department's already sought that grant, we don't want to cut them out. so we're doing that kind of research but i think that's moving forward. and chief sir just this week sent a letter to the p.o.a. offering them an opportunity to meet so when they're ready to go, there's no delay if the labor respective. things are moving. train is moving out of the station. it's still going slowly but i think we're getting there. with that i think we'll have an update on what they've done. to be quite candid, they may not tout their own horns but i will tout it. they've been doing the lion's share of the work, heavy lifting to develop the curriculum to go up to post. everything hinges on that.
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once we get that done we can assign instructors and get the program moving. they've been working very hard meeting almost weekly for several hours trying to get this. again, most of these have lives outside of the police department and other jobs and other careers yet because of the importance of this program, they've worked very hard to move this forward. so with that -- >> ok. >> michael gauze from the health association, c.o. connor coming from the dorse clinic. thank you very much. these two have been working very hard along with the curriculum committee. the amount of work they're putting in is very impressive. it's really a service and contribution to the city so thank you for all you have done. >> thank you. >> thank you very much for your leadership. it's been wonderful. thank you chief, sir, for backing us. i will turn it over to make a few remarks and then i will walk
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you guys through the curriculum just a little bit through of the draft curriculum and talk about the next steps. >> ok. >> my name is cecilia o'connor. i'm director of the freestanding psychiatric emergency 24/7 in southern. so we're familiar with a lot of the officers. i just wanted to sort of give us a little overview of where we're coming from as far as the curriculum committee is concerned with the training. statistically the world health organization at this point estimates one in four people in the population will at some point in their life have some degree of mental illness. at the same time there are statistics saying now one out of every four calls the police respond to have a component of some degree of connection to someone with a mental health issue. so i think that's staggering and i think certainly no one's arguing with the fact that training is absolutely necessary because we know that i'm sure most of the people who go into law enforcement didn't sign up for this.
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but what's more important is we're all in agreement training is important but what i really want to stress and what all of us on the curriculum committee feel because we come from different backgrounds is training son-in-law one aspect of a much bigger picture. what's retired to make this a success and what we're fully committed to is this has to be a collaboration and partnership between the community, between all of our agencies, between advocacy programs and the public. and the consumers, clients, whatever word we're eating to address folks who are currently struggling with mental illness. so that said, i think the main thing i want to do is that's really what we're looking at. michael will walk you through sort of the curriculum. i think the difference of what we're trying to do is that mental health and behavioral health and all of the agencies and advocacy programs, what we're away of is we have to become much more collaborative. we have to work better together. we have